Musicals In Mufti," York Theatre's Off-Broadway musicals-in-concert revival series, returns in 1997-98 with works by Schmidt and Jones, Comden & Green and Galt MacDermot. Casting for the series won't be completed until the first week in September.
Shows are presented in staged concert versions in mufti (i.e. street clothes).
Here's the line-up:
Fade Out - Fade In (Sept. 12-14). A musical comedy looking back at Hollywood in the 1930s. David Armstrong directs this 1964 Betty Comden and Adolph Green show, which features music by Julie Styne (Gypsy).
Her First Roman (Sept. 19-21). In 1968, Richard Kiley and Leslie Uggams starred in the original production of this musical based on George Bernard Shaw's Caesar And Cleopatra. Ervin Drake penned the work which was heavily changed on its way to Broadway, where it ran for only 17 performances. The Mufti version will go back to the script used for the pre-Broadway run. Alex Dmitriev directs; Steven D. Brown serves as musical director.
The Human Comedy (Sept. 26-28). A small-town family tries to cope during the war years in this musical, based on the novel and screenplay by William Saroyan. Roger Danforth directs the 1984 piece, which has music by Galt MacDermot (Hair) and a book by William Dumaresq. Songs are in 1940s jazz and be-bop style. For tickets ($22.50; $50 for the series) and information on York Theatre Company's Musicals In Mufti, call (212) 935-5820.
In other York musical news, the first show of the company's 29th season will be The Show Goes On, featuring Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones (The Fantasticks, Celebration, I Do! I Do!) singing their own songs. Other performers will appear in the revue as well. Drew Scott Harris directs The Show Goes On, which opens Dec. 3.
--By David Lefkowitz